ISLAMABAD: The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) on Friday cleared 13 development projects of Rs91 billion including Lahore-Sialkot Motorway.
At a meeting presided over by Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal, the CDWP approved six projects worth Rs3bn and recommended seven others worth Rs88bn to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) for approval.
Under the rules, CDWP has the powers to approve projects having estimated cost not exceeding Rs3bn while it technically clears the projects of larger costs and obtains formal approval of Ecnec.
The projects recommended to Ecnec include Hasanabdal-Havelian Expressway, Land Acquisition, affected properties compensation and relocation of utilities for construction of Lahore-Sialkot Motorway, Land Acquisition, affected properties and relocation of utilities for construction of six-lane highway from Kalashah Kaku to Lahore Ring Road including bridge over River Ravi, 220kV Mirpur Khas Substation along with associated transmission lines, 220kV Dera Ismail Khan-Zhob Double Circuit Transmission along with 220kV Zhob substation, 7th Secondary Transmission Line and Grid Stations and 500kV HVAC Transmission Lines for Interconnection of HVDC with HVAC at Matiari and Lahore.
In energy sector, CDWP cleared 220kV Mirpur Khas Substation along with associated transmission lines at the cost of Rs4.153bn and 220kV Dera Ismail Khan-Zhob Double Circuit Transmission along with 220kV Zhob substation at the cost of Rs6.624bn.
CDWP also sought approval for 7th Secondary Transmission Line and Grid Stations at the cost of Rs20.681bn and 500kV HVAC Transmission Lines for Interconnection of HVDC with HVAC at Matiari and Lahore at the cost of Rs5.112bn.
The four energy projects recommended to Ecnec envisages strengthening transmission and distribution system, improving voltage profile, system reliability and efficiency etc in the power sector.
In transport and communication sector, CDWP cleared Rs34.365bn worth of Hasanabdal-Havelian Expressway project and recommended to Ecnec to approve it. The project includes construction of five interchanges, 40 bridges, 18 vehicular and pedestrian underpasses, culverts, retaining walls, cross drainage and erosion works with allied facilities for six lane facility.
The meeting also cleared land acquisition, affected properties compensation and relocation of utilities for construction of Lahore-Sialkot Motorway at the cost of Rs6.360bn and Land Acquisition, affected properties and relocation of utilities for construction of six-lane highway way from Kalashah Kaku to Lahore Ring Road including bridge over River Ravi at the cost of Rs10.829bn. Both projects were recommended to Ecnec for approval.
CDWP also approved construction of pre-stress bridge from Mangri to Fatehpur Afghan Nullah Bahein Narowal at the cost of almost Rs811m.
In Water Resource and Environment sector, CDWP approved construction of 100 check dams in Tehsil Dubandal Gulistan Killa Abdullah and Chaman Area District Killa Abdullah at the cost of Rs1.591bn. The project aims to harness rainwater for cultivation of 25,000 acres of agriculture land and help improve water table by recharging groundwater in the district.
In Physical Planning and Housing Sector, CDWP approved reconstruction and rehabilitation of Prime Minister Office at the cost of Rs202m and construction of secretariat mosque at the cost of Rs475m.
The meeting also approved acquisition of 4.17 acres for construction of Session-Division Court East at Mauve Road Sector G11/4 at the cost of almost Rs194m and Acquisition of 3.207 acres for extension of Islamabad High Court Building at Islamabad at the cost of Rs69.88m.
In governance sector, CDWP approved Position Paper of “Young Development Fellowship Programme” project and “Support and Monitoring of High Impact New Initiatives (HINI) of Visio-2025” project of Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms.
Courtesy : Dawn News